Foursquare‘s adding a new badge this week poking fun at the recent controversy regarding more aggressive TSA security procedures. Right now any Foursquare user who checks-in at an airport using the words ‘TSA,” “touch,” “grope,” or “Don’t touch my junk, bro!” in their shout earns the Baggage Handler badge.
The text for the badge reads, “Looks like you’ve had your baggage handled. Happy Holidays and have a safe flight!” The Baggage Handler badge is going live during National Opt-Out Day, a protest planned to show how strongly travelers object to the new security measures. The TSA now wants all passengers to pass through full-body scanners that show passengers fully nude or receive a full-body pat-down.
Another location-based service, Loopt, is encouraging its users to observe National Opt-Out Day by promising to reward 10 travelers who opt out of the full-body scans in favor of pat-downs and then check-in with free iPod Touches. It’s interesting to see these services offering political content when most recent location-based promotions have been more ad-oriented in nature.
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